I’ll add my ten cents.
Feel free to make change if you like
If being a nurse consultant is your ultimate goal, work backwards.
In other words, if you are just finishing up nursing school, decide what type of NC you’d like to be, then focus on working in that area after graduation.
I have practically zero knowledge in medmal, but I do know about hiring consultants. To be a top level consultant, capable of commanding top dollar, you’ll need top level credentials.
No one hires folks as consultants with zero experience. Expert advice doesn’t come cheap. When there is a lot of money on the line, and there always is, clients are willing to pay ONLY IF the consultant is worth her salt. Most that we hire have at least 10 years’ experience. (Don’t know what the standard is for medmal.)
According to my NP cousin-in-law: If you are an RN, make sure you are at the very least a BSN. (MSN in your specialty is even better.) Having management experience helps as does working at top level institutions. Teaching hospitals tend to have higher pt volumes, so you should be able to gather lots of exp there. You’ll need a minimum of 10-15 years exp, great self-marketing skills, good contacts and a good network to command top dollar. She says it’s not a quick process but you might be able to shorten it by working for a consultant once you get your experience down pat.
(Have a look at http://www.jurispro.com/category/medical-c-17/ for instance.)
As for the JD part of the program: Don’t spend three years and a hundred and twenty thousand dollars if you don’t really want to be an attorney.
Think carefully and honestly about the kind of work life balance that is important to you- then proceed accordingly. And, I say this with all candor, think about your soul too.
Just like any other profession, even with JD behind your name, clients will still want to know what you've done and won.
No short cuts. Can’t teach experience. It must be earned.
Congrats and good luck to you!
ETA: Do let us know how it works out.
Edited by ragincajin - May 14 2014 at 11:19pm